Let’s Go Exploring! The Land of a Thousand Smiles Part 4 (The last one I promise)

This is part 4 of our series on Thailand. Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3. Weird thoughts race through your head when you’re 6 feet under… Under water, that is. Thoughts like: “Why the HELL did I sign up for this?” “Oh God, is that my life flashing before my eyes?” “Screw you! I don’t want to die!” while clawing at the instructors face as he’s trying to flood your mask. I read about all these experiences and more before signing up for the Open Water Diver certification. Apparently, unless you are a strong swimmer (I’m not), […]

Let’s Go Exploring! The Land of a Thousand Smiles Part 3

This is Part 3 of our posts on Thailand. Click here for Part 1 and 2. Before coming to Thailand, the only thing I knew about its famous islands was from Leornardo Dicapio’s “The Beach”: If you’ve never seen that movie, it basically has 2 claims to fame. 1) Leo runs around half-naked throughout the movie and 2) it was filmed on the island of Koh Phi Phi (pronounced “gaw Pee Pee”). So when Wanderer asked me which of the Thai islands we should visit, “half-naked Leo + Pee Pee” was the first thing that popped into my head. And […]

The Five Types of People You’ll Meet on Your Way to FI

I write a lot about our travels around the world, but the most memorable moment actually happened back in North America, in New York City. That was when I got to sign our children’s novel, thus realizing my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. If you’ve ever tried to publish a book, you’ll know the gut-wrenching highs and lows of becoming an author. One second you’re invincible, and the next you’re down on your knees, gasping for air. The highest of the highs, came from that moment. That glorious moment when I could FINALLY scribble my own name on a copy of my […]

Let’s Go Exploring! The Land of a Thousand Smiles Part 2

This is Part 2 of our Thailand posts. Click here for Part 1. Leaving Chiang Mai is a lot like cutting off your own arm without anaesthesia. Excruciating and next to impossible. We had been to 16 countries, but as much as I loved them all, none of them felt quite like home. Chiang Mai changed all that. I’m not sure if it’s the people, the climate, or the food that I couldn’t get enough of, but even after two months, I still couldn’t convince myself to leave. Wanderer felt the same way, so we had to find something truly magical […]

How to Live Life with No Regrets

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.” – Steve Jobs I never truly understood the meaning of those words until now. Recently, a friend who’d recently been tested for a serious genetic disorder noticed Wanderer has the same physical traits. This genetic disorder weakens your heart and blood vessels, causing them to eventually rupture, it’s a life threatening disease with no cure. And the condition worsens as you age. Left untreated, the average life expectancy is only 40. And if this test comes back positive, there’s a 50% chance we will pass it on if we have […]

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